Ceramiche Rampini and Ristorante La Vigne, Radda, Italy

I had spotted a ceramics shop between Radda and Gaiole when we went to tour local castles, so directed Wally in their direction to check them out. We pulled into Rampini Ceramiche and a German Shepherd greeted us at the door, followed by a nice fellow to show us around the shop.

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IMG_4052Their workshop is next to their showroom, where local artists create beautiful designs on ceramics.

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IMG_3998Rampini Ceramics has a detailed website that shows the process of creating their works of art, as well as the history of ceramics in Chianti, Italy.

 http://www.rampiniceramics.com/

http://www.rampiniceramics.com/production/history.php

The showroom has a section of items that you can purchase, along with many examples of their work that can be custom ordered. Their prices are steep, but you are paying for top quality heirloom ceramics that are works of art that you will enjoy every day.

IMG_4047Choose from their palette of colors for your custom order.

IMG_4048Their custom order sets are displayed on antique furniture and I couldn’t decide which was my favorite. The details in their designs are quite fine and range from elegant to simple country designs. They can ship your purchases to you at home and avoid paying the Italian “value added tax” or “VAT”, which is quite steep. This also keeps you from having to carry along your purchases for your trip, and having to worry about breakage and going through customs.

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IMG_4039I loved the set featuring wildlife and farm animals.

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IMG_3999I hope you enjoyed your visual tour of Rampini Ceramics!

On the way back to Radda is this massive villa perched on a hill. It is a private residence and not open for tours. At night it is lit up and impressive.

IMG_4060It was time for lunch, and we decided to try La Vigne, which had come highly recommended by the locals. You actually drive through a vineyard, and they were harvesting the grapes that day.

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IMG_3994We got out and picked a few grapes to try and they were so juicy and sweet.

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IMG_4072They have patio seating so you can enjoy the vineyards view but it was windy that day and they had to keep the umbellas down

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